Wildlife and Wilderness - Purple Mountain Press

A History of Adirondack Mammals

by Philip G. Terrie

From Chapter IX--"The Hallmark of Quality":

"Wilderness is more than uncut trees. It is also wildlife habitat, and a forest without its indigenous wildlife does not deserve to be called wilderness. Often we think of wildeness as the place where certain activities are not allowed--snowmobiling, for example--or where certain structures are not permitted, such as ranger stations or fire lookout towers. In this sense, wilderness appears to be defined negatively, as the opposite of more settled or managed areas. A different, more positive way to think about wilderness is in the terms of wildlife populations. Do indigenous species live there, including, or even especially, the big predators? Have certain species become over-represented? What can be done to restore original populations? The extent to which a wildlife community manifests human interference in the environment measures the extent to which it fails to satisfy wilderness criteria. Can an Adirondack Forest Preserve without eastern timber wolves legitimately be called wilderness? Without mountain lions? Without a viable, reproducing moose population? Above all, will state policies aim to promote deer for hunters, or will they move toward restoration of the wildlife community of two centuries ago? Current hopes for the restoration of the indigenous Adirondacks species are a far cry from the deer-population policies of only a few years ago."

"Wildlife and Wilderness offers a fascinating analysis of the complex interaction between man and wild animals. It examines the biological, economic, aesthetic, and ethical issues which confront us as we update out rationale for wilderness preservation into the next century, with a special focus on providing an ecosystem for endangered and vanishing species." --Warder H. Cadbury, The University at Albany

"Philip Terrie has brought the histroy of the Adirondacks alive in a wonderful new form." --Barbara McMartin, author of Discover the Adirondacks series.

Philip Terrie is a professor of English and American Cultural Studies at Bowling Green University.

175 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, 1993
$14.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original

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